Thursday, August 14, 2008

Watermelon Ginger Ale

When MBP for Aug: Fruit Fare, was announced little did I know it was going to be one difficult job; the idea of searching other blogs for a fruit recipe after all did not seem anything like that. I say this for several reasons. Firstly most of the fruit recipes I came across were baked; and I m yet to bake my first bread… I was still not yet prepared to take the plunge. Not as if I am not getting inspired enough from the fellow bloggers...I am indeed planning to bake soon one of the many bookmarked recipes, but I didn't have the baking dishes as I just didn’t feel the need. The remaining recipes either called for fruits which we don’t get here or are out of season.

I decided to do it the other way round…I picked a fruit I was going to use and started searching food blogs for recipes. I chose Watermelon coz its widely available here and is one of the few of my husband's and my common favourite fruit. My search took me to many blogs before I found the recipe which I was going to use in Nupur’s blog. I haven’t changed it much but for the quantity.

Watermelon Ginger Ale

¼ Watermelon
1 Lemon Juice
1 T Ginger chopped
3 T Sugar
1 Cup Water

In a pan combine the ginger, sugar and water. After the first boil, simmer for 20 minutes.
Cut the watermelon into small pieces and remove the seeds (Lucky are the people who can lay their hands on the seedless variety).

Blend it in a food processor. Transfer this in a pitcher, add the lemon juice and the cooled, strained ginger sugar syrup. Mix well.

Put some ice cubes in a glass and pour the Watermelon Ginger ale over the rocks ;)

This has such a wonderful taste to it. You need to try this one to experience it. A bit of it tastes like Sugarcane juice and a lot more something which I find difficult to put in words.

I had my own apprehensions towards Ginger so was skeptical and used only 1 T of it, though Nupur’s recipe called for a lot more (3/4 cup for ½ watermelon). I loved the taste of Ginger in it and am going to try with more ginger the next time.

This goes to Aparna who is guest hosting MBP:Fruit Fare this month. This wonderful event, Monthly Blog Patrol is the brainchild of Coffee.

Doesn’t this drink have a lovely red color to it. I am also sending this to 'Food in Colours' event started this month by SunshineMom of Tongue Ticklers wherein you are suppose to cook any dish of the color of the month.
The theme for Aug is FCI:Red.

It also goes to WYF: Colour in Food Event hosted @ Simple Indian Food

India's moment of glory at Olympics 2008 being held in China was provided by Abhinav Bindra.... Abhinav won India its first Gold Medal in an Individual event in Olympics. He made India and us Indians proud. Could this have been better timed...As India nears its 61st Independence Day. Abhinav has given us a reason to rejoice. Seeing him receive the Gold Medal made me wonder as to how calm and compose he was even after this big win, while the entire nation was celebrating his achievement. He returned back to India today early morning to a much deserving welcome. Soon the awards and accolades will follow. I hope he can continue his good form.

Meanwhile in the food blogging world too the awards are pouring in and I have been lucky that Sripriya of Srikar's Kitchen has passed me two of them.

Blogging Friends Forever

Brilliant Weblog Premio 2008 Award

Brilliant Weblog is given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design.
Thank you Sripriya for passing these 2 wonderful awards to me...they being my first mean a lot to me.

I will pass them soon to fellow bloggers.

Update: Purva of Purva's Daawat has also passed me the Brilliaint Weblog Award. Dershana a dear friend has also passed me the Blogging Friends Forever Award.


Sameera.. said...

Wow what an idea...watermelon with a tinge of ginger..sounds good
Sam !

Jayashree said...

It does indeed have a lovely colour. Iam trying to imagine what a combo of watermelon and ginger will taste like.

Nupur said...

Thanks for trying the recipe, Nidhi. I agree with you- it does taste a lot like sugarcane juice for some reason.

Nidhi said...

Thanks Sam...It makes for a perfect summer drink.

You got to try this one to find out. It will amaze you.

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

Sunshinemom said...

My favourite too, Nidhi! Thank you so much for this beautiful drink! Congrats for the well deserved awards:)


wow nidhi .. watermelon with ginger flavour sounds awesome .. pic looks fantastic

Purva Desai said...

Watermelons are welcome in any form....they look really tempting
Dear congrats for receiving the awards....u deserve it...
kindly collect the same awards from my blog as well

srikars kitchen said...

NICE Entry... looks Amazing & Fantastic...

Great Click...

notyet100 said...

lookin good one thing more,..u can send this for wyf coloue event hosted by ec...for colour red,...congrtas for awards,..

Suma Rajesh said...

watermelon and ginger looks gud combo...nice summer drink..congrates on ur awards..

Sireesha said...

WOW ....Watermelon with ginger sounds delicious and awesome........Love the colour......

SriLekha said...

wow! ur recipe sounds great! pic looks too good!

Nidhi said...

Thank you all!

Thanks dear for passing onto me your awrd.

Thanks for the info! Will send her my entry.

Aparna said...

Ginger and watermelon, interesting combination, Nidhi.
Nupur does have some wonderful recipes at her blog.
Thanks for participating.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Ginger and watrlemon never tried this. Iam gonna try this out and let u know how it tated to me. Color is awesome.

Priti said...

That's a lovely drink...adding ginger is gud idea. Juice looking so refreshing, lovely entry and Congrats for all the awards

Nidhi said...

Yes indeed Nupur's blog has some wonderful recipes.
Thanks for hosting the event!

~Kitchen Flavours
Do me let me know how it turns out.


Yasmeen said...

I made some melon nectar the other day. Perhaps adding some ginger will give it a kick. Good pick for the fruit fare Nidhi.

srikars kitchen said...

hi dear how r u?? I am waiting for ur new recipe...

Nidhi said...

Melon Nectar...Sounds interesting! Will check it out.

~Srikars kitchen
Sri...ur wish is my command. I have published my next post. Can't really call it a recipe though :)

easycrafts said...

Tempting and very inviting drink...thanks for participating and congrats on ur awards

SweetDesigns said... refreshing does that sound?? it Sounds amazing!! I am so gonna pick me up some watermelon.

Nidhi said...

Thanks fro hosting the event.

Thanks! I hope you enjoy it.